New York Notebook

Philly Comes to NYC

Four of Philly’s premier dance companies make a visit to SummerStage this month. Koresh Dance Company, full of drama and jazz, shares a program with BalletX, the adventurous offshoot of Pennsylvania Ballet, in Central Park on Aug. 15. You can take a class with Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble at Marcus Garvey Park on Aug. 11, or Eleone Dance Theatre at East River Park on Aug. 18. SummerStage also presents Camille A. Brown and Malcolm Low Aug. 1. —Wendy Perron


Eleone’s Kelli Venter and Mark Caserta. Photo by Gabriel Bienczycki, Courtesy SummerStage.



Free for All

Lincoln Center’s free Out of Doors festival ranges from Heidi Latsky’s GIMP to Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, an Ailey offshoot in Denver. Latsky’s provocative 2008 piece, whose cast comprises trained dancers as well as performers with physical disabilities, expands the meaning of virtuosic dance. CPRDE returns to the fest with two of Robinson’s signature pieces—her autobiographical Spiritual Suite and the multimedia Lush Life, co-created with poet Maya Angelou—alongside works by Milton Myers and Haitian dancemaker Jeanguy Saintus. Hearst Plaza and Damrosch Park, Aug. 4 and 10. —Rachel Rizutto


Cleo Parker Robinson’s group in Blood Memories. Photo by Michele Knudsen, Courtesy CPRDE.




Still Zany After All These Years

Continuing its madcap collaborations with different artists, Pilobolus sprinkles its annual Joyce season with three New York premieres. Skyscrapers, a video by Trish Sie (see “When the Camera Is Your Partner,” April) that places a tango in the streets of L.A., will be expanded for the stage. Belgian/Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui contributes a trippy, futuristic dance with mirrors. The last premiere draws from visionary juggler Michael Moschen, working in tandem with Pilobolus regulars Renee Jaworski and Michael Tracy. The rest of the rep consists of the Pils’ usual variety of shape-shifting wonders. Until Aug. 11. or —W. P.


Trish Sie and Moti Buchboot in Skyscrapers. Photo by Paula Salhany, Courtesy Pilobolus.

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Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.